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6 Months Authentic Kung Fu Training in Beijing, China

  • Xiangtang Village, 2nd District No. 3 - 6, Changping, Beijing, 102200, China

6 Months Authentic Kung Fu Training in Beijing, China

  • Xiangtang Village, 2nd District No. 3 - 6, Changping, Beijing, 102200, China

China Zen Kung Fu Training

Time to enhance your quality of life. Head down over to the peaceful village by the foot of the mountain in Changping, Beijing and begin the Kung Fu training of your life. Leave the dirty and noisy city behind and embrace the very core of Kung Fu. Find your inner peace with a little Zen meditation and take up classes on ancient Chinese philosophy and finally understand how to elevate your mind and body to the ultimate state of mental purification!


  • Morning warm up exercise
  • Daily evening self training session
  • Training from Monday through Friday
  • Daily morning and afternoon training sessions
  • Free use of training and meditation equipment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 182 nights accommodation
  • 120 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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Accommodation will be in a shared room with 2 - 4 persons with a shared toilet and shower in a beautiful traditional courtyard (Siheyuan).


  • Use of the laundry room
  • Use of recreation areas (including satellite TV)
  • Western style showers and toilets

Wugulun's teaching

Wuguluns teaching is very ancient, placing less emphasis on pure physical development and sports, while emphasizing more spiritual development by incorporating breathing and developing internal energy resources. Rather than forcing the students into a certain mold or paradigm, Wugulun works with the unique characteristics of each individual, and thereby allows students to experience a deep personal cultivation.

In addition to the learning of the essence of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu - Chan Wu (Zen martial arts), they have designed several retreat programs consisting of experts to give talks on Chinese culture. These talks will cover Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of the philosophical foundations of their practices and of Chinese culture. To complete this holistic approach to self-development, they have included insight calligraphy and meditation courses in the retreat program.

Training preparation

Physical preparation is not strictly required for this course. However, it will be helpful, as you will get used to the training schedule quicker. Generally speaking, the training is not as physically intense as the training in the Wushu schools, but it is difficult at times as it requires a lot of concentration, the training is mentally challenging. The only advice would be to first "empty yourself".

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Wake up for morning exercises
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast and break
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Morning training
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Lunch and break
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Afternoon training
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner and break
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Self practice and meditation

Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is located within Changpin district near Beijing in a prosperous rural village with all amenities. The Great Wall of China is visible on the jagged ridges of nearby mountain ranges, and ancient temples are within strolling distance. The school itself is housed within a traditional Beijing-style courtyard with red wooden pillars, sloping slate rooftops, and the murmurs of birdsong. The setting is ideal for the study of martial arts. The school is just close enough to the modern / international world for convenience, but far enough away to act as an authentic, first class retreat.


  • Beijing International Airport - 1 hour
  • Changpin - 25 minutes

The academy only provides vegetarian food. In traditional Shaolin culture, the vegetarian diet that the students eat at Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is believed to cleanse the body from impurities in the blood, while making the qi tranquil, and helping to create a peaceful state of mind.

Shaolin Temple vegetarian culture

Shaolin Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple. Shaolin Kung Fu and a vegetarian diet have always been part of its culture. Traditional Kung Fu training is about saving and storing energy for every organ. We eat in order to get energy. Energy in natural food comes from the sun, the air, the water, and the earth. By going directly to the earth for their food, vegetarians receive the purest, best-quality energy straight from its source, not already processed by another being, such as an animal.

Benefits of vegetarian to Kung Fu

It is believed that this energy, of a finer quality, can be used for a higher purpose like Kung Fu and meditation. During the Ming Dynasty, the Manchurians were trying to seize China by force while the imperial government of the Ming Dynasty was corrupt and incompetent. At that time, scholars who were trying to save the country wrote books expounding theories on how this could be done. They also advocated the practice of martial arts.

When the Manchu's finally invaded China, many people with high ideals and integrity did not want to be slaves under a new regime so they fled to the mountains and lived in seclusion. Some entered into a religious life. They focused on martial arts intensively in order to acquire the fighting skills to regain their country. Many of them already had good Kung Fu skills and brought together their collective knowledge of various local styles of Kung Fu to create a refined form.

Being vegetarian to improve Kung Fu skill

As time went on, Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu constantly improved and developed. Another important factor in Shaolin Kung Fu reaching such a high level of skill and importance is the vegetarianism of the Shaolin monks, who were all Buddhist and followed Buddhas teachings of eating no meat. The monks saw vegetarianism as a means of reaching a high level of training. In addition, being a vegetarian can aid the practitioner in achieving a higher level of endurance while training and fighting.

For example, animals like horses and buffalos are vegetarian, their main diet consists of grass and they have a tremendous amount of stamina while running, even when encumbered with heavy things. On the other hand, tigers and leopards, with their diet of meat only are only able to maintain short periods of power. From a scientific point of view, when an animal is killed, it is known that in their state of shock, an animal undergoes a process, by which its cells alter and create poisons in the flesh.

Why vegetarian?

Buddhists believe that these poisons represent anger and fear, and remain trapped inside the animals flesh. When people eat this meat, the poisons and impurities enter their body, and people can easily get sick, angry, and depressed. When the mind and the body are in this unbalanced state, people cannot continue training on a regular basis. For traditional Shaolin culture, therefore, vegetarianism is not only important for religious beliefs, it is important for maintaining a healthy body as well.

Vegetarianism is a necessary foundation for attaining a high level of Kung Fu skills. Without a healthy body, ones Kung Fu cannot improve. In addition, vegetarianism helps to cleanse the body from impurities in the blood, while making the qi tranquil and helping to create a peaceful state of mind. Morality, ethics, and honor are other related issues. A Kung Fu practitioner spends his life studying something that in a split second, without a second thought, could be used to harm or kill someone. This ability has to be controlled.

Principle of Vegetarianism

The answer is the cultivation of a caring heart for all living creatures. A first basic principle should be to refuse to kill and eat animals. The anger that is brought out by combat training must be balanced out with a conscious effort to treat all people with compassion, understanding, and tolerance. Such principles of caring help create a balanced and healthy mind in which there is no threat that a Kung Fu practitioner will consider criminal wrongdoing.

As this level of conscience develops and expands, it helps to diminish negative feelings and behavior such as greed, anger, violence, and criminal acts of all kinds. This in turn allows the conscience of the Kung Fu practitioners to rise higher, and for them to eventually reach a state of enlightenment. An enlightened being has total awareness of his or her own self, body, and surrounding environment.

Vitalities of Vegetarianism to Kung Fu

Enlightened Kung Fu practitioners are aware of fear and danger before ever seeing or knowing the source of those feelings and their reactions to danger, whether in training or in real combat, are much faster. This is essential for mastering high-level Kung Fu skills and vegetarianism is a vital element in reaching this state of total and complete awareness.

It is a concern for many people that vegetarian food does not supply enough nutrition to the body. This is, in fact, not the case. When eating a balanced vegetarian diet, the body will receive ample nutrition for vitality and health. Master Shi Dejian and his disciples are living proof of this. Vegetarianism is essential for those who are serious about mastering the highest levels of Kung Fu.

Mandarin Chinese lessons

Private lessons with a qualified Chinese teacher can be arranged at 100 CNY per hour. After about 20 hours of private classes, you can then begin to study by yourself and practice with other Chinese students at the academy.

  • 1 set of bedding
  • 182 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Free use of internet (WiFi)
  • Free return transfer (Beijing International Airport / train station)
  • Master directed training
  • Use of training and meditation equipment
  • Use of recreational areas
  • Weekly seminars on ancient philosophy and Buddhism

Arrival by subway

When you arrive at Beijing International Airport, take a subway (airport express) to Dongzhimen.

Transfer to subway line 13 to Xiergi.

Transfer subway line to Changping, and take subway to Nanshao Station.

Exit at B2 where you can catch a bus (No. 59 or 870) to Xiangtang Village.


  • Review by Laurent Paiser from France
    10 out of 10

    "About a month ago I decided to leave France to come to China to study kung fu for 3 months. Those past weeks and since I arrived at the school were truly a deep and beautiful experience. I was greeted well and felt like I was part of the family since day 1. I always felt very at ease and my mind became gradually even more peaceful and calm while my body improved. I got more flexibility, more explosive power and a way better coordination even tough I practiced kung fu for about 4 years already.All of the other students were very friendly, interesting and open minded people, the only recommendation I could give is to bring a good book or something to share about your culture, it will make the experience even more interesting!And if you’re serious about learning kung fu to reach a high level, then plan to study there many years. Definitely one of the best life experience I ever had. Thanks a lot!"

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  • Review by Robert Lendon from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I can’t think of any constructive criticism really, it has been a wonderful experience. I found the meditation and philosophy incredibly challenging at first which required a lot of efforts but inevitable in gaining understanding in these areas. As I explained earlier I thought the relationship between all the areas of study and kung fu was very good and formed a valuable insight into internal focus. It was very special to feel like part of the family.Thank you for everything I learned and for the experience. "

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  • Review by Sebastian Prischmann from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I joined the Kungfu Garden retreat for one weekend and felt warmly taken care from the first to the last minute. I was not sure what to expect but was very positive surprised. I was picked up at Nanshao subway station what worked very well. The Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat is located in a village in the outskirts of Beijing. The premises are lovely decorated in traditional Chinese style. Though it is not a temple the whole place calms one down and gives you a relaxing and peaceful feeling. I was welcomed by Naomi and given a comprehensive introduction into the daily schedule and how everything is going on. Naomi is kind of the manager, speaking pretty well English and translating most of the time. We were 3 people in total joining the retreat for this weekend hence I had one room for my own. The daily schedule is fully packed but don't be concerned there is enough time for relaxing and reflecting. The Kungfu exercise are very well prepared and the level is slightly increasing during the stay. Watching the Masters showing the exercise itself was like a feast for the eyes. The Qigong oriented exercises in the morning and evening are relaxing and good to improve concentration. Also the meditation exercises were a great experience.The food is vegetarian, what I appreciated very much, though incredible delicious and varied. Overall I enjoyed the 3 days very much and will definitely come back again for a longer retreat. I strongly recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Manuel Olivera from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "It was a great experience, the content was carefully planned and delivered in a good way. The balance between rest and activities is the optimum. food is amazing as well as the location and its surroundings. Although the time on this retreat is short to teach too much kung fu, as a kung fu practitioner I wished the kung fu practice was a little more about sparring and other group or couple exercise. I really think this is a worth living experience and I am grateful to all masters and people at kung fu zen.Thank you."

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  • Review by Zeimes Paul from Luxembourg
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Naomi and Masters, I am very thankful that I was a part of your retreat ! It was really exactly that what I needed. I was not that interested in real fighting skills, but I was open to also learn a bit about kicks and selfdefense. And yes! I enjoyed even this part! I never thought I would be able to kick as high as my head or even further, so thank you! This was a big improvement in that short period of time. The morning breathing routine, was exactly what I was looking for, a good feeling, perfect.The meditations, Chinese classics classes and the calligraphy classes, couldn’t be any better ! I enjoyed every moment.The master exactly knew when to say what to give the right hints so that we could learn and recognize for ourself. I knew that I allready had done much progress in looking at the world when I was here at home, and the master knew how to keep pushing this progress and simultaneously looked that I keep on the bottom. That I don’t get lost in the insights. For that I am really thankful ! I grew a lot because of you all, the participants and the environment. Really, thank you ! It felt like a big family, it was a pleasure to live, eat and make fun with you under one roof. One more time thank you :) Now back here in Luxembourg, I am going on on the way, being satisfied where I allready am – excited what will come next, open minded for everything that comes and even don’t expect anything. It is good, it will be good and also the past, was good. If nothing will change, we will see us next year With lots of love, Zeimes Paul aka Pol Son"

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  • Review by Allie Eveling from England
    10 out of 10

    "I have had an amazing training at Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy Beijing. Everyone is so kind, really supportive, and patient as you learn. They offer so many different opportunities and I had an amazing time with them. I've now signed up for a 16-week course and hope to continue training with them whilst I stay in China."

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  • Review by Caroline from France

    "I have trained two times at the Shaolin Wugulun Kung fu Academy, once was in August 2013, the recent time is in August 2014. Each times, I really loved my stay, first because the academy it is not a big touristical venue, and I realized that is a real chance to get to authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, an incredible opportunity to train with Shifu Xingxi, the disciple of Master Shi Dejian. Master adapts the training on your skills, and your will to progress.The training is different from what you may expect, no cardio training, no sit up, no push up. But still, I was sweating like mad! And at the end, I feel like my whole body had work a lot better without suffering so much like before. All the staff members are super friendly, they make me feel like at home, behaving with me like an old friend. For all that reasons, I believe, I will go back to train at the Wugulun academy, for the third time."

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  • Review by Raju Miah from United Kingdom

    "Kung Fu is my passion. I have not spared time and effort trying to find real Kung Fu. I have trained in many modern martial schools but, time and time again, I was disappointed. I came to discover that most martial arts training were a little different to ordinary sports. They were missing something: the essence of Kung Fu!What is the essence of Kung Fu? It is the awareness of the way the body and its internal organs work together. It is knowing how to build, develop and understand one's internal energy, Qi. All these steps are essential for one to attain real skill and power in Kung Fu movements and, no less important, to achieve physical and spiritual well-being. Many people think that the real Shaolin Kung Fu is what they see in the performances. I, too, thought so before!However, many monks living at Shaolin Temple today just have partial knowledge of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. We mostly see modern wushu with most of the Kung Fu forms altered to look nice, fast, and spectacular. Wushu is not about fighting, it is all about show. Fortunately, through persistent efforts for many years and personal research carried out at Shaolin Temple, I have found a real master who teaches the true meaning of Kung Fu.It is a real honour and formidable experience to learn from the great Master Dejian and his disciples. They teach their unique brand of authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, Cha'n Buddhism and Chinese Traditional Medicine. I now want to help those fellow martial art enthusiasts looking for the all too rare real Shaolin Kung Fu."

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  • Review by Remco from Netherlands

    "I first got involved with Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu a few years ago when Naomi Lee, the school's coordinator and also my good friend, introduced me to this style of Kung Fu. I had met her in 2002 in the Shaolin village in Dengfeng, Henan Province, where I had gone to study.A few years later she showed me some video clips on YouTube and also the website of the Kung Fu school, the Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy, where she worked. Looking at the clips and the website, the first thing I noticed was the different stances and way of defending. I have been practicing Shaolin Kung Fu for about 12 years but this was really different from what I knew.I told Naomi that if I went to China, I would go to this school because of the traditional style taught there. I prefer the traditional style to the wushu look-a-like Shaolin Kung Fu that you see in most Kung Fu schools in and around Dengfeng. I wanted to learn the true essence of Shaolin Kung Fu in its more original state. It was very odd to start all over again after twelve years of experience doing another form.During my stay in Dengfeng in 2002 we used to wake up early in the morning and go running up the mountain for half an hour and then start stretching and doing basics movements for about two hours. At the Wugulun Academy, they start with standing in different stances and breathing exercises for at least one hour. I have been told that the reason for this is that, according to the Wugulun teaching, the morning is the best time to receive and store Qi energy.Heavy running in the morning is a waste of the energy we have got from the whole nights sleep and people can feel exhausted for this reason. Some light jogging is, however, acceptable. It was pretty strange for us to train like this because usually we run around a lot, do a lot of stretching, push ups, fast movements - hard training that makes you tired. This was completely different!There were more slow movements, no focus on stretching or muscle training and no endurance training. The way they moved was hard to follow - it took almost a week for us to get the same feeling. Also they walked very lightly but firmly on their feet and were able to move around very quickly. Some forms (taolu) are not fast but very powerful. You can notice it by the way they breathe while doing a form.Although I knew all the stances, I had to learn them in this style. It is possible that some people, if they have been training for a long time in the more usual Kung Fu forms, will find this form strange and maybe uncomfortable. I didnt mind because I didnt have any expectation of what would happen so I emptied my mind and let it all come to me.To be honest, in the beginning it did take a few days for me to feel comfortable with the Wugulun Kung Fu movements. Now it feels almost second nature. For the short period that I stayed, I learned a lot - but that doesnt mean I know a lot! I had a great time while I was there. The lessons were great and the people were all very kind and fun to hang out with even after the training."

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  • Review by Cleo from France

    "My stay at the temple was a true life changing experience! It was not only about the Kung Fu, neither the beauty of the environment and the temple. I got to explore my physical borders and stretch my mental and sentimental borders.This has made me feel extremely revitalized after a very challenging phase in my life. Now I have discovered new ways of thinking, feeling and exercising. It is a complete re-boot for the mind, the body, and the soul. I thank the temple and Naomi for making this happens."

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Beijing, China

Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is dedicated to teaching the original internal and external Shaolin cultures.

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